Diet preparation is vital to the long-term success of your weight loss plan - and chocolate! Or whatever treat tickles your fancy (read further for that tasty tidbit).
It should be an exciting time because you are taking charge of your life and making positive change. That said, attempting to alter routines and habits developed over years can be difficult.
With so many diet plans to choose from, selecting the right one to suit your personal situation is essential. Good news is there are certain things you can do in preparation to make your dieting journey a little easier.
Thankfully we now have unlimited information at our fingertips to help with our diet preparation but be cautious about where you source your information. Entering into a new eating style armed with a better understanding of exactly what we are consuming and all the bad - and good - habits we have formed may just be the kick we need.
Be sure to write down any critical information or topics you want to follow up on, this not only helps with recall but may help you make better informed decisions.
By limiting choices and in turn decisions, selecting the wrong option is less likely. It’s often a good idea to plan meals a week ahead of time. You can remain flexible to a certain degree but by taking the time to prepare flavoursome nutritious meals and snacks in advance you will avoid the hunger pangs and the 'there's nothing for me to eat, I know I'll order a pizza' excuse.
Oh and never shop on an empty stomach otherwise you may find yourself giving in to temptation. Shop with list in hand, and prevent the dreaded impulse buys.
Shopping online is a great way to leisurely plan and purchase for a week ahead, remember if it’s not in the fridge, pantry or freezer - you can't eat it!
Whether it’s the cabbage soup, heart healthy, low carb or no-carb diet you are considering, you’ll need some contingencies in place to safeguard you when temptation and distraction strikes - and trust me, it will happen.
Despite your best intentions to only eat at specified times, or to avoid all so-called 'bad' foods, distractions can easily trap you. If you follow a contingency plan you will be less inclined to fall off the wagon.
It may be as simple as distracting your attention with a glass of water or a short walk, or having convenient ‘appropriate’ snacks on hand to calm your appetite before your mind begins to wander.
And if that is not enough and you absolutely must have chocolate - or whatever 'naughty' treats you like - then eat it.
Yes that's right, I said eat it!
Just don't eat a whole family sized block and don't do it every day. The idea behind this is that if you deny yourself too often, you will not only fall off the wagon; rather you will come to a complete stop, jump off, unhitch the horses and run a mile in the other direction.
Prepare your mindset.
Diet preparation is about safeguarding yourself, from... well 'you'. Laying the foundations for positive
change is essential for building new pathways.